Latest: Terrorists throw bombs from car windows in crowded Chinese market, setting off huge explosions, killing at least 31 and injuring scores more
Blast hits Urumqi, capital of China’s long troubled by Muslims Xinjiang region
(Reuters) – A explosion hit a park in the regional capital of China’s western region of Xinjiang on Thursday morning, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.
It was not clear yet whether there were casualties in the blast, which took place in a park in Urumqi at around 8am local time (1.00 a.m. BST), Xinhua said.
Update: Muslim Attack hits Xinjiang capital Urumqi
Attackers have crashed two cars into shoppers at a market in the Xinjiang capital, Urumqi, and thrown explosives, Chinese reports say.
One of the vehicles exploded in the attack, which happened on Thursday morning, state news agency Xinhua said.
An “unknown number of people were killed and injured”, with people rushed to several hospitals, Xinhua added.
Pictures on weibo – China’s equivalent of Twitter – taken by eyewitnesses appeared to show that Thursday’s attack happened at one end of a busy market street lined with stalls selling vegetables.
“Witnesses said two cross-country vehicles driving from north to south ploughed into people in the market at 07:50. Explosives were thrown out of the vehicles,” the Xinhua report said.